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Abstract

Vincent de Paul related to Louise de Marillac as a spiritual director, a collaborator, and a close friend. He helped her to accept her suffering and to trust Providence and herself. United by their love of God and their desire to serve the poor, they were equals in their collaboration with the Confraternities of Charity and the Daughters of Charity. He relied on her good judgment and organizational abilities. They appreciated how they complemented each other and saw their friendship as existing in God. Although there were two years of strain in their relationship over differences regarding the Daughters of Charity, the collaboration not only survived but continued to thrive. The article discusses Vincent’s worldview and the spiritual freedom which he had attained around the time he met Louise. It also raises questions about what Vincent and Louise’s relationship means for people today.

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